Tuesday, August 30, 2011
So, you cannot download the Liz chapters individually off of Smashwords.com. Sorry. At the moment, you can do so on Amazon.com.
I suppose I should check to see if Amazon has a similar policy. That would be the responsible thing to do. I'll let you know when I figure that part out.
I plan to make this blog available for subscription on Kindle, too. That might be a good option for some of you.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Weirdly, I forgot to mention the conversation I had that actually inspired me to take this leap; that conversation was with Scott William Carter.
Scott and I work at the same college--he performs daily miracles with educational technology, and I teach writing and literature to freshmen, mostly online. Eventually, I realized he was a writer an took him out to lunch to pick his brain. He gave me great advice, including attenting Dean Wesley Smith's class on the Oregon coast.
Earlier this summer, I went to a BBQ at Scott's place. He, my computer-programmer husband and I had a conversation about online/self-publishing. Scott and Dean Wesley Smith are going to teach a class on how to publish stuff online in October 2011.
As I listened to Scott describe the class, I kept thinking, "I can do that. I can do that. I can even do that!" This culminated in the realization: "Wait--I can DO that!"
So, I need to send a great bit, belated "Thank you!" to Scott William Carter making me realize that, yes, I can do this.
I promise I won't even blame him if I end up going down in spectacular flames.
Perhaps he'll bring the marshmallows to the roast.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Coupon Code: LW82J
Expires: September 24, 2012
Monday, August 22, 2011
- I have close to 20 years’ worth of stories sitting in drawers not earning me money
- I have several stories which have been sent to magazine publishers from whom I have never heard back (so, technically I’m not supposed to submit them elsewhere)
- I have a short novel that I really believe is funny and a good read, which is not getting much attention from traditional publishers
- I’m a nerd who likes technology.
In addition, I read blogs and listen to podcasts like these that convinced me:
Now, I don’t really want to enter into to the debate of whether or not self-publishing, electronic or paper, is something everyone should do, but for me it came down to this: I have writing that could be making me money, but is not because no one has access to it.
Enter Smashwords.com and Amazon.com.
The two stories I posted online first were experiments. They are two of the best stories I have, and I intend on continuing to publish my backlog until I am out of stories that do not embarrass me.However, I am also moving on to bigger projects. First, is my novel Liz A. Stratton Closes the Store. It’s the story of a talk show host who runs for President but then accidentally calls a sex-strike to end a war. It’s an adaptation of Lysistrata, an ancient Greek play that introduced the world to the sex-strike. It’s a fun read.
I am going to serially publish this novel on this blog, Smashwords.com, and Amazon.com one chapter at a time. Every Saturday beginning August 27, 2011, I will post a chapter that will be free for one week (except for chapter one…that will always be free) on Smashwords.com and Amazon.com. The blog posts will also always be free.
I will announce on my Facebook page, Google+, and on Twitter when each chapter is posted. Please help me out by “Sharing” these announcements or otherwise forwarding them to your circles of friends. I’m relying mostly on word of mouth to get people to read my work.
I hope you all enjoy Liz A. Stratton Closes the Store.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Here is another short story from Maren Bradley Anderson.
Here's a blurb:
What is the best thing about catching a fat rainbow trout on a silvery fly? Is it the joy of catching a fish? Or is it a small slice of revenge? A very short story.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Click here to get this book at Smashwords.com
In this short story, Sherri wants a new start, so moves from California to rural Oregon where she takes a new job as a bartender and befriends a wild female peacock. Unfortunately, her former husband manages to track her down just as she is beginning to feel at home. Is she strong enough to send him away and face the loneliness of starting over in a new place?